ED Accreditation Update

Comments sought by Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is seeking comments in two areas of concern to ED managers: candidate performance measures for inpatient and ED care of sudden cardiac arrest patients, and its revised National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 03.07.01, which addresses medication reconciliation.

The Joint Commission also is seeking abstracts describing effective community-based programs, program implementation methods, or practices related to the prevention or treatment of sudden cardiac arrest for potential inclusion in an educational monograph. The submission deadline for candidate performance measures is April 30, 2010, and the deadline for abstracts is May 23, 2010. For instructions and how and where to submit the performance measures and abstracts go to www.jointcommission.org/performancemeasurement/callsforparticipation.

There are separate links on this page to click on for the performance measures and for the abstracts. For more information, contact Kathleen Domzalski at kdomzalski@jointcommission.org.

In response to complaints from accredited organizations that the 2009 version of NPSG.03.07.01was difficult to implement because it was too detailed and too broad in scope, The Joint Commission researched the implementation challenges and subsequently revised the goal. "The revised NPSG places a spotlight on specific risk points in the process that are critical and readily achievable," says The Joint Commission. "The remaining components of the medication reconciliation process are covered in standards."

Go to www.jointcommission.org/Standards/FieldReviews/fr_npsg030701.htm and click on the appropriate program. There you will find a copy of the proposed standard/NPSG as well as instructions on how to offer your comments. The Joint Commission would like to receive comments by April 30, 2010, but this field of engagement will remain open until May 11, 2010.